New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 15, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas
Officials assess damage sparked by Texas storms
■ Weather cause of 2 deaths
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By Mark Koopmans
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Little lion Elijah Brown, 2, walks down West San Antonio Street holding on to his dad Phil during the annual Kindermasken Parade on Saturday morning.
■ Cool weather can’t freeze annual tradition
DALLAS (AP) - National Weather Service crews headed out Saturday to survey damage the day after storms brought high winds, heavy rains, hail and probably tornadoes through North Texas, killing at least two people and damaging buildings and homes.
An Irving police officer died after his patrol car slid off a rain-slick highway and hit a light pole and a man was killed in Fort Worth when a pile of lumber fell on top of him Friday.
The man in Fort Worth died after a pile of lumber that he was unloading from his truck fell on top of him when the storm passed through, Fort Worth fire spokesman Lt. Kent Worley said. I Ie was pulled out from beneath the debris but died before paramedics could get him to a hospital.
Irving police officer Andrew Esparza, 26, died after his patrol car slid off a rain-slick highway and hit a light pole Friday night, police said Saturday. He was later pronounced dead at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas.
Police said Esparza was responding to an
See STORM, Page 10A
This year’s Kindermasken Parade might not be remembered for being the hottest on record, but the windy and overcast conditions didn’t stop the 500 or so participants from getting out there and enjoying themselves Saturday morning.
The children’s walking parade, which featured kids in costume from prekindergarten to fifth grade, has been held in New Braunfels for about 160 years. The idea came from Herman Seele as a way to get schoolchildren involved, said parade chairwoman Tina Lindeman.
“There wasn’t as many costumed children this year compared to last,” Lindeman said. “I’m sure die windy weather this morning and the big storm last (Friday) night
See PARADE, Page 10A
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Alixandra Guenther, 5, holds onto her Cabbage Patch doll while waiting for the Kindermasken Parade to start Saturday morning.
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Hundreds turn out for Folkfest
■ Fundraiser offers 2 days of food, activities
By Mark Koopmans
Hundreds of visitors to Folkfest took advantage of the warmth of a shy sun that kept trying its best to take the edge off a blustery Saturday afternoon.
Following an overcast and cold Kindermasken, the warm sun was a welcome change, said Bob Knoll, immediate past president of the I leritage Society of New Braunfels, the main sponsor of the two-day festival.
“I d guess attendance is down just a bit so far from last year, but it’s early yet,” Knoll said as a small tractor pulling a half dozen children on bales of hay drove slowly by.
The 11-acre site at 1370 Church Hill Drive has many different exhibits to choose from, Knoll said. Visitors were enjoying authentic German and American food, while elsewhere others wandered around
and explored dozens of living history exhibits manned by volunteers, many wearing appropriately themed costumes.
“This is the best place in the world, I love it here,” said 12-year-old Hadiyah Mazybolton of New Braunfels. “I don’t know how long (Folkfest) has been going on, but I don’t want it to stop.”
Many generations were represented. Young children, working on a clay making project, sat near to the Sons of the Confederate Veterans, who passed out different styles of flags and sharing stories with those who stopped by.
“There’s a lot of arts and crafts activities going on throughout the weekend,” Knoll said. “It’s always nice to see the kids when they’re holding on to candles and other crafts that they’ve just made themselves.”
Saturday’s Folkfest was also the scene of the second annual Outhouse Toss, a politically charged
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Child services groups keep focus on youths
By Jessica Sanders
A courtroom full of families, whispers and tension weren’t enough to wake a baby girl wrapped in pink.
The infant’s mother, a 15-year-old inmate at the Guadalupe County Juvenile Detention Center, brightened when tile baby was carried before Associate District Judge Karin Bonicoro during a recent Child Protective Services court at the Comal County Courthouse.
With a smile, the teen raised a shackled hand to touch her 13-week-old daughter’s black curls before the teen’s hearing began.
Bonicoro pored over the young mother’s record of theft, drug use and of leaving the child with her grandmother while she partied with friends. Before the teens incarceration, CPS temporarily placed the baby in the care of a family friend.
“You have a lot of changes to make and a lot of growing up to do if you want to provide a better life for your daughter," Bonicoro told the teen. “I’ve seen some people make those changes, but a lot don’t.”
The young mother’s story isn t unique, said Comal County CPS supervisor Sherry Flume.
“Lately we’ve had a rash of very young teen mothers who abuse or neglect their children,” she said. “Sometimes they don’t have a support system and don’t know how to handle parenthood. Other times, they were abused as children themselves."
In 2006, CPS investigated about 600 cases of
See CHILDREN, Page 7A
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